So I wrote a post about the "Doctor Who Phases of Rejection" (not seen it? Look here). Then I started thinking about first drafts. I was also watching Tangled at the time. Allow me to bring you "The Tangled Illustrated Guide To First Drafts."
1) The Shiny New Idea is so good you can't believe it came to you. No one in the history of the world has ever had this idea. IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE THIS:
2) You puzzle over the plot:
3) THIS IS SO AWESOME. I'M WRITING, I'M WRITING, I'M...:
4) ... Oops. Unexpected plot twist:
5) Okay, I'm back on track. I OWN this story!:
6) I love this. I'm almost there. This is the BEST STORY EVER. It's so shiny:
7) OMG! My story HATES me:
8) I'll never make this work:
9) Don't mess with me. It's MY story. You are so stubborn. JUST. DO. WHAT. I. SAY. MANUSCRIPT!
10) Yes! It's finally coming together:
11) So tired, but finished:
12) Now to edit...:
13) Ooh! SNI:
Any stages I've missed?